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Retiring Monrovia School Board Member Ed Gililland Reflects on His Years on Board

By Ed Gililland

As I retire from the Monrovia Unified School District I look back on 15 years of service to this great community, our educators, and our students. There are many great memories, a lot of good memories, and a few memories that were not so good. 

Great memories include working with some excellent, dedicated, and hard working School Board members and educators. Even though the Board is elected via the political process there was very little political influence in our work or decisions. We all wanted what's best for the students. The greatest memories though are of graduation ceremonies and shaking hands with the students who were ready to go out into the world with the skills and knowledge they would need to succeed. Particularly great were those evenings I was able to shake hands with graduates that had been in kindergarten and first grade classes I visited early in my School Board days. 

Really good memories include the establishment of dual immersion language programs, math & science academy at MHS, arts programs, music programs, coding programs, and specialties at each elementary. We were also able to save and improve our Adult School while other Districts lost theirs.  So many other great programs have been established and we have seen tremendous growth in academic rigor and success. 

Really tough days include the ridiculously tough budget cuts and accompanying staff and program cuts. Also tough were staff and student disciplinary actions. 

The only regret I have is that just as we were seeing the opening of a path to academic excellence and closing the achievement gap, we had to close the schools and completely retool our delivery to distance learning. 

I thank the wonderful people of Monrovia for the opportunity to serve all these years and the for the great cooperation and sense of community that you create here in this beautiful place we live.

Sweet and Gentle Bear Looking for a Home

Bear is such a joy! This ten-year-old sweetie is gentle and easy to please, with great manners. She’s a mellow dog, but gets excited about going for walks and the prospect of getting treats. A typical day for Bear includes following her favorite person around the house or napping nearby, interspersed with bursts of wiggly playtime – she’s so well-rounded! She’ll even hop up on the bed for cuddles if that’s what you like, but will stay on the floor if you prefer your bed to be dog-free (but honestly, how can you resist morning snuggles from such a cutie?). Bear is looking for a relaxed adult household without other pets so she can be your one-and-only favorite friend.

The adoption fee for dogs is $140. All dog adoptions include spay or neuter, microchip, and age-appropriate vaccines.

New adopters will receive a complimentary health-and-wellness exam from VCA Animal Hospitals, as well as a goody bag filled with information about how to care for your pet.

View photos of adoptable pets and schedule a virtual adoption appointment at pasadenahumane.org. Adoptions are by appointment only, and new adoption appointments are available every Monday at 10:00 a.m. for the following week.

Pets may not be available for adoption and cannot be held for potential adopters by phone calls or email.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Covid Fatalities Drop Dramatically, City Council to Consider Alternatives to County's Shutting Down Outdoor Restaurant Dining

In his latest report (https://goo.gl/aOqX7O) City Manager Dylan Feik reports that the Monrovia City Council will discuss Tuesday whether there are alternatives to the Los Angeles County Health Department's decision to shut down outside dining at restaurants.

Feik said that the number of Monrovia fatalities from Covid has declined to 7 in the last four months compared to 33 in the previous four months.

He added that the city is concerned that 10-15 percent of Covid cases can be traced to outdoor restaurant dining while more than 50 percent can be traced to private social gatherings. "The City's concern is that by closing restaurants, the Order will adversely incentivize residents to dine together, indoors, and without any safety precautions in place." 

- Brad Haugaard

Sunday Morning Shooting Leaves Man Wounded

A shooting at 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning in the 400 block of East Maple Avenue  left a man with two gunshot wounds. Police are investigating the incident as an attempted murder. Anyone with information is urged to call the Monrovia Police Detective Bureau at (626) 256-8031.

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch from Ikonicks

Just got lunch from Ikonicks Burgers, on the east side of Myrtle just south of Lime. Got the Shrimp Burger for $13 and a beer for $1.50  No seating, of course, so I walked it over to Library Park. The burger had a beef patty and whole shrimp grilled onions and a creamy sauce. It was delicious and the beer was cold and crisp!

- Brad Haugaard 

Green Returning to Burned Hills


In the charred hills above Monrovia spots of green are beginning to reappear. This photo is on Clamshell Road, which winds through Monrovia Wilderness Preserve.

- Brad Haugaard 

Weekly Coronavirus Count: 1,071 Cases

Coronavirus cases from LA Department of Public Health as of 8 p.m., 11/25/2020. Changes since 11/17/2020.

City of Monrovia: 1,071 cases, 40 deaths
Unincorporated Monrovia: 97 cases, no deaths

- Brad Haugaard

City Council: Two Homes Considered for Historic Status; New Member for Old Town Board; Low Income Housing Agency

353 Patterson house, one of two homes being considered for historic status.

At its next meeting (agenda: https://is.gd/E0hZ5f) the Monrovia City Council will ...

~ Participate in a graduation ceremony for Monrovia Area Partnership Youth And Adult Leadership Academy. https://is.gd/MBpWJq

~ Appointing Gina Ammon to the board to fill the unexpired term of Dominique Strivings on the Monrovia Old Town Advisory Board. Term ends June 30, 2022. https://is.gd/ZgNQGB

~ Consider designating the houses at 353 Patterson Drive (https://is.gd/h7Gs8j) and  363 Patterson Drive (https://is.gd/eBonZe) as historic landmarks.

~ Consider joining the California Community Housing Agency (CalCHA) Joint Powers Authority, which would issue "tax-exempt bonds for the production, preservation, and protection of essential middle-income rental housing." https://is.gd/hn8GeO

- Brad Haugaard

Happy Thanksgiving, Monrovia!


Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. Psalm 118:5

- Brad Haugaard

Weather Service Predicts Blustery Thanksgiving for Monrovia Area

The National Weather Service is predicting a gusty Thanksgiving evening for the San Gabriel Valley, with winds between 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 45 mph, "strongest in the foothills." The report says, "Gusty winds will blow around unsecured objects and make driving difficult, especially for drivers of high profile vehicles. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.

- Brad Haugaard

Small Business Saturday - Win Raffle Tickets; Wilderness Preserve Foundation Renamed


In his latest report (https://goo.gl/aOqX7O) City Manager Dylan Feik reports: 

~ This Saturday, November 28, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. is Small Business Saturday in Old Town. Bring a receipt from your Saturday purchase in Old Town to the booth at the northeast corner of Lemon and Myrtle and earn a raffle ticket for every $20 spent.

~ The non-profit Monrovia Wilderness Preserve Foundation has been renamed to the Monrovia Parks, Wilderness, and Recreation Foundation to reflect its expanded mission, which is to "support Canyon Park, the Hillside Wilderness Preserve, park improvements outlined in the adopted Monrovia Parks Master Plan, recreation programs and facilities, or other community programs." It would like your support. Details: https://is.gd/YR0k9t

Comment: I like this idea generally, but I'd feel more comfortable if its mission was a bit more tightly defined. "Other community programs" seems to say the money could be used for just about anything.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Real Gun or Airsoft Gun; Collision - Both Drivers Said They Had the Green; Plus, Drugs, Alcohol, Catalytic Converters

 [Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for November 19-24. - Brad Haugaard]


For Police Department news and information, visit our website and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Nextdoor. 

Vehicle Tampering / Vandalism – Suspect Arrested
November 19 at 7:33 a.m., officers responded to a report of an unknown subject going through a vehicle parked in the 100 block of W. Duarte. They arrived and found a female subject inside a vehicle. Investigation revealed the vehicle did not belong to her. She admitted to breaking into the vehicle and vandalizing it. She was arrested and taken into custody. 

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
November 19 at 12:26 p.m., a caller reported an elderly female who appeared to be intoxicated while driving in the 200 block of E. Foothill. Officers arrived and located the vehicle on the road. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver was contacted. The investigation revealed she was too intoxicated to operate a motor vehicle. She was arrested and held for a sobering period. She was later released on a citation to appear in court on the charges. 

Attempt Theft
November 19 at 7:18 p.m., a resident in the 500 block of E. Maple called police to report someone attempted to steal the catalytic converter off his van. He parked his vehicle a couple days prior. When he returned and attempted to start his vehicle, he heard a loud noise coming from underneath. He looked and saw one end of the catalytic converter hanging on the ground. He inspected it and noticed someone cut the one end. This investigation is continuing. 

Stolen Vehicle Recovered
November 20 at 7:46 a.m., on officer on patrol near the intersection of Peck and Longden observed a vehicle parked near the intersection that appeared abandoned. Further investigation revealed the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Ontario. The vehicle was recovered and returned to the registered owner. This investigation is continuing. 

Vehicle Burglary
November 20 at 8:02 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 100 block of S. Mountain. The victim reported that someone had smashed a window on his vehicle while it was parked. Several items had been taken from the vehicle, including a set of golf clubs. This investigation is continuing. 

Grand Theft
November 20 at 11:31 a.m., a grand theft was reported to police. The victim reported his bicycle was stolen from the 400 block of S. Myrtle. Officers arrived and conducted an investigation. This investigation is continuing. 

Court Order Violation / Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspects Arrested
November 20 at 4:07 p.m., an officer on patrol near the intersection of Monterey and Walnut was flagged down by a resident regarding two subjects involved in a verbal fight. The officer contacted the subjects involved, a male and female. Investigation revealed the female subject had a court order restraining her from being near the male subject. The male subject was found to be in possession of a controlled substance. Both subjects were arrested and taken into custody. 

Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
November 21 at 12:02 a.m., an employee from a business in the 400 block of W. Foothill called police to report a subject that was harassing one of his customers, and when told to leave, the subject refused. Officers arrived and spoke with the subject. Investigation revealed the subject was in possession of a controlled substance. The subject was arrested. 

Commercial Burglary
November 21 at 7:22 a.m., a commercial burglary was reported at a gated parking lot in the 1600 block of S. Magnolia. A male suspect broke into the lot sometime during the night. Officers arrived and conducted an investigation. Video surveillance showed the suspect trying to steal the center console out of a vehicle, causing a large amount of damage. This investigation is continuing. 

Assault
November 21 at 10:17 a.m., a fight was reported in the 800 block of E. Huntington. A witness reported a male subject punched another male subject, who fell down. The suspect then left the location. Officers arrived and conducted an investigation. They were able to determine a possible suspect, but could not locate him. This investigation is continuing. 

Commercial Burglary
November 21 at 11:55 a.m., the manager of a public storage facility in the 2100 block of S. Myrtle called police to report a unit had been broken into and burglarized. Officers arrived and saw items inside the storage unit had been taken. This investigation is continuing. 

Shots Fired
November 21 at 6:36 p.m., police dispatch received a phone call reporting shots fired in the area of California and Olive. The reporting party said he was riding his bicycle west on Olive, when a black sedan pulled alongside him and fired 3 to 4 shots in his direction. He said it sounded like loud pops, and, fortunately, he was not hit. A witness was interviewed and said it sounded like an Airsoft gun. Officers canvassed the area and no evidence of shell casings or bullet holes were located. This investigation is continuing. 

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
November 22 at 2:58 a.m., an officer was patrolling the area of Mountain and Duarte when he saw a driver commit a driving violation. He conducted a traffic stop and spoke with the driver. The driver displayed signs of being under the influence of alcohol. A DUI investigation was completed and it was determined the driver had been driving under the influence of alcohol. She was arrested and held for a sobering period. She was later released on a citation to appear in court on the charges. 

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
November 22 at 2:43 p.m., a caller reported a male subject with a knife in the 300 block of W. Huntington. Officers arrived and contacted a male subject they recognized from previous encounters. An investigation revealed the suspect had a warrant for his arrest. He was arrested for the warrant. 

Theft / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
November 22 at 4:37 p.m., a witness called police to report multiple subjects attempting to steal a catalytic converter from a vehicle parked in the 900 block of Ocean View. The suspects left in a vehicle and the caller was able to direct officers to their location. One suspect was located, and he was also found to have a warrant for his arrest. He was arrested for the warrant and the theft. 

Grand Theft Auto
November 23 at 9:49 a.m., a rental vehicle was stolen from the 400 block of E. Duarte. Officers responded and checked the area for the vehicle, but did not locate it. This investigation is continuing. 

Injury Traffic Collision
November 23 at 11:49 a.m., a vehicle was traveling south on California and collided with a vehicle traveling west on Huntington. Both drivers stated they had a green light and both parties complained of pain. They were treated on scene by paramedics. 

Injury Traffic Collision
November 23 at 12:36 p.m., a vehicle was traveling west on Huntington, and then turned south onto Fifth, failing to yield for a vehicle, and the vehicles collided in the intersection. One of the parties complained of pain and was treated at the scene by paramedics. 

Residential Burglary – Suspects Arrested
November 23 at 2:22 p.m., residents living in the 700 block of W. Foothill called police to report someone was breaking into an apartment. Officers arrived and discovered two suspects had broken into an empty, boarded up apartment. One suspect was detained outside and two were detained inside the residence. All three suspects were arrested for burglary. 

Grand Theft Auto – Suspect Arrested
November 23 at 3:03 p.m., a male and female subject arrived at the Monrovia Police Department parking lot to conduct a child exchange. An argument began, so the mother walked toward the station to speak with an officer. While walking to the station, she saw her vehicle leaving the parking lot with her daughter in the vehicle. The suspect was driving away. Officers contacted the father by phone, but he said he did not take the victim's vehicle. He claimed to be having a meal with his daughter and would return her when he was done. The vehicle was entered into the law enforcement stolen vehicle system. He was later arrested when he brought the victim’s vehicle back to the police station. 

Robbery – Suspect Arrested
November 23 at 5:06 p.m., officers responded to a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington regarding a shoplifting that had just occurred. During the theft, the subject brandished a knife and fled the area. Officers arrived and checked the area. The suspect was found and positively identified by an employee. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Possession of a Controlled Substance / Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
November 23 at 6:54 p.m., a male subject was reported smoking some type of narcotic, and possibly being under the influence, in the 200 block of E. Foothill. Officers arrived and located the subject, who they recognized from several prior contacts. An investigation revealed the subject was in possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Hit and Run Traffic Collision
November 24 at 7:16 p.m., a skateboarder was riding east on Jeffries, passing Peck, when he was hit by a beige Toyota Camry with a LYFT sticker in the rear window. The skateboarder fell down. The Toyota Camry did not stop and continued traveling north on Peck. Officers arrived and completed an investigation. The skateboarder complained of pain to his leg and was treated by paramedics. This investigation is continuing. 

Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspects Arrested
November 24 at 10:52 p.m., officers patrolling the 700 block of W. Huntington saw a subject they recognized from past encounters. Investigation revealed the subject is on parole. He was contacted and was found to be with two other known drug users. All three were found to be in possession of a controlled substance. All three suspects were arrested. 

Handicap Doesn't Stop This Kitty!


Mystique was found as a stray, injured and without use of her back legs. Although she’s permanently paralyzed, this three-month-old kitten is thriving in foster care! Mystique is energetic and playful, chasing after her toys like any other kitten, and using her litter box without any issues. She loves being petted and especially enjoys a good chin rub. Mystique was a little shy with adults at first before warming up to them, but she was immediately comfortable with the two young children in her foster home. This sweet kitten with the permanent smile on her face is ready to bring so many smiles to her future adopter!

The adoption fee for cats is $90. All cat adoptions include spay or neuter, microchip, and age-appropriate vaccines.

New adopters will receive a complimentary health-and-wellness exam from VCA Animal Hospitals, as well as a goody bag filled with information about how to care for your pet.

View photos of adoptable pets and schedule a virtual adoption appointment at pasadenahumane.org. Adoptions are by appointment only, and new adoption appointments are available every Monday at 10:00 a.m. for the following week.

Pets may not be available for adoption and cannot be held for potential adopters by phone calls or email.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Historical Society to Unveil a Gift to Community at Annual Meeting

Inside Monrovia Historical Society's Anderson House.

Both members and non-members are invited to the Monrovia Historical Society's annual gathering on Sunday, Dec. 6, from 2-4 p.m. on Zoom. The program will "Unveil a new gift we've been working on all year, which you can enjoy at home."

There will also be an opportunity for participants to try to "Stump Steve" [City Historian Steve Baker] with their trickiest questions about Monrovia's history. Also, new board members will be introduced and there will be an opportunity for people to share their thoughts on the Historical Society's focus going forward.

If you'd like to attend, please RSVP to Penny Zuk at 274-7568 or pennyzuk@aol.com so there will be enough goodies (pick up in advance to chew on during the Zoom call). Here is the Zoom link for the meeting: https://wmp.zoom.us/j/92068301521?pwd=djd1czh4SkxxMEMvNmxVTmdnbDhuQT09 

- Brad Haugaard

Free Thanksgiving Meals for Children from Monrovia High

Monrovia High School will distribute meals to all children in the community on Monday, Nov. 23 and Tuesday, Nov. 24.

On Monday, the school will provide one complete meal for every child; on Tuesday tow complete meals (one meal for Tuesday and the other meal for Wednesday). The meal service time will stay the same: 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 am.

For questions contact Alex Pelayo at 471-2054.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Schools Names Classified Employee, and Teacher, of the Year

The Monrovia Unified School District Newsletter (https://is.gd/j7Fcjc) reports on the 2020 Classified Employee of the Year, and Teacher of the Year:

Mrs. Theresa Brunn was selected as the Classified Employee of the Year. She serves as the Personnel Technician in the Human Resources Department and has been with the District since 2006, first serving as a Clerical Assistant II in the Superintendent’s office, and next as a Senior Account Clerk in Payroll from 2012-2015.

Danny Ray was selected as Teacher of the Year. Ray teaches Social Science, Renaissance leadership, and P.E. at Clifton Middle School. This year marks Danny’s 10th year at Clifton, but this decade only represents half of his career in education as a teacher.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia School Board Recognizes Top Scholars

 The Board of Education tweets that it has recognized James Delisio, Charlie Heatherly, Hailey Sarmiento, and Zachary Szymkowski on being named National Merit Scholarship Commended Students by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, and Adam Marin for being named a National Hispanic Scholar.

- Brad Haugaard

Dan Sipple Wins Contest for 'Art in Public Places' Logo

Art in Public Places Program has selected Dan Sipple's design as the AIPP official logo from among 23 submissions, from design professionals to a six-year old.

The AIPP Committee believed that Sipple's logo fully captured the spirit of the stated requirements. It reflects Monrovia culture and characteristics, includes the words "Monrovia" and "Art in Public Places," incorporates Myrtle leaves and reproduces well in different sizes and formats.

- Brad Haugaard

A Toy Drive Where You Don't Give a Toy


Don't give a toy if you'd like to donate to the Monrovia Police Officer's Association's Spark of Love toy collection this year. Because of the plague, no physical donations for this event. If you would like to make a general donation or contribution to the association, please visit its website at www.monroviapoa.org.

- Brad Haugaard

Christmas Parade - And Santa - Coming to You This Year

No regular Christmas Parade this year because of Covid, so the city is expanding the regular Santa Tour to include a parade that will ride past your house.

The tours will last from 5 to 9 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 7: South of Huntington, west of Myrtle, north of all southern borders

Tuesday, Dec. 8: East of Myrtle / north of Foothill 

Wednesday, Dec. 9: West of Myrtle, south of Foothill, north of Huntington.

Thursday, Dec. 10: East of Myrtle, south of Foothill, north of Duarte Rd.

Friday, Dec. 11: West of Myrtle, north of Foothill. 

- Brad Haugaard

City Accepting Applications for Holiday Home Decorating Contest

Holiday Home Decorating Contest details:
  • Contest registration will close on Monday, December 7 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Judging will take place on December 10 - 13
  • Addresses of all entered homes will be included on the Holiday Home Decorating Contest Map
Awards will be given out to the following categories:
  • Best Still Display
  • Best Outdoor Display
  • Mot Effective Use of Lighting
  • Best Neighborhood Effort
  • Santa's Workshop Award
  • Holiday Spirit Award
  • Judges Award
  • Children's Choice Award
Contact Ashley Gonzalez, Recreation Coordinator, for more information at 256-8246 or agonzalez@ci.monrovia.ca.us

Register here: https://is.gd/m8oPaY

- Brad Haugaard

State Auditor Improves Its Assessment of Monrovia's Fiscal Health

In his latest report (https://goo.gl/aOqX7O) City Manager Dylan Feik reports that in a new report the California State Auditor - which last year said Monrovia was number 10 on its "Fiscally Challenged Cities" list - has improved Monrovia's standing to position 21, though Feik says that last year's report was based on outdated information and "focused on narrow pieces of data." The city, he said, "continues to be in solid financial shape and we look forward to long-term positive trends."

Here are the fiscal health rankings of some nearby cities (Bigger numbers are better): West Covina, 9; El Monte, San Gabriel, 20; Claremont, 23; Covina, 31; Arcadia, 87; Azusa, 179; Glendora, 196; Duarte, 232; San Marino, 234; Sierra Madre, 250; Temple City, 377; San Dimas, 379; Rosemead, 428; Bradbury, 439. https://is.gd/jePkkZ

- Brad Haugaard

Weekly Coronavirus Report: 53 More Cases, No More Deaths

Coronavirus cases from LA Department of Public Health as of 8 p.m., 11/17/2020. Changes since 11/11/2020.

City of Monrovia: 981 cases (up 53), 42 deaths (unchanged)
Unincorporated Monrovia: 91 cases (unchanged), no deaths

The County has changed its Covid reporting page, adding a lot more information, including a list of organizations that have been cited. In Monrovia these include:

11/05/2020 Good Fortune Supermarket (Duarte Road) -  "High Risk"
10/22/2020 Rudy's Mexican Food - "Seats High Risk"
10/15/2020 Ikonicks Burgers- "Seats High Risk"
10/15/2020 Rudy's Mexican Food - "Seats High Risk"
10/02/2020 London Gastropub  - "Seats High Risk"
10/02/2020 Mikomi Sushi - "Seats High Risk"

And a list of organizations that have had three or more Covid cases:

Burger King Monrovia, 4, no deaths
Sierra Auto Cars, 5, no deaths

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Bad Driving Leads to Arrest of Driver With 50 Pounds of 'Controlled Substance'; Vehicle - And Dog - Stolen, Recovered; Robber Grabs Two Phones from Woman; Man Punches His Sister; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for November 12-18. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 308 service events, resulting in 60 investigations. 

Non-Injury Traffic Collision
November 12 at 12:35 p.m., a caller reported that a motorist struck a bicyclist at the intersection of Mayflower and Evergreen. Officers arrived and found no one was injured. Both parties exchanged information. 

Transportation of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
November 12 at 2:12 p.m., officers were on patrol in the 200 block of E. Huntington when they observed a motorist commit several driving violations. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver was contacted. The driver was found to be in possession of 50 pounds of a controlled substance. The driver was arrested. 

Grand Theft Auto
November 13 at 6:45 a.m., a caller reported his vehicle was stolen during his work shift at a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain. Officers arrived and conducted an investigation. Video surveillance was requested from the business and the vehicle was entered into the law enforcement stolen vehicle system. This investigation is continuing. 

Theft
November 13 at 4:20 p.m., an automotive business in the 500 block of W. Huntington called police to report a theft. A male subject dropped off his vehicle for a brake service. After the job was completed, the subject returned and left the business with his vehicle without paying for the service. This investigation is continuing. 

Grand Theft Auto
November 14 at 1:48 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 800 block of S. Mayflower. The victim parked her vehicle with her dog inside and stepped away for a moment with the keys still inside. The victim heard her vehicle start up and leave the area. She called police and officers responded and conducted an area check. A short time later, officers located the stolen vehicle parked on Chestnut at Fifth with the dog still inside. This investigation is continuing. 

Theft From a Vehicle
November 14 at 2:41 p.m., a resident in the 300 block of N. Canyon walked outside her home and discovered someone had stolen the catalytic converter off her Toyota Prius. This investigation is continuing. 

Bicycle Theft
November 14 at 3:30 p.m., a resident in the 800 block of W. Walnut call police to report that someone took his BMX bicycle. The bicycle had one of its wheels locked, but this did not prevent it from being stolen. This investigation is continuing. 

Strong-Arm Robbery
November 14 at 4:33 p.m., an elderly woman was walking in the 1200 block of S. Magnolia holding two cellphones. She was playing a game on one and was texting her friends on the other. A male subject approached her from behind and grabbed both her cellphones. The woman gripped them tight in her hands and a brief struggle ensued, but the suspect ultimately took the phones. He ran north on Magnolia to Cypress, where a vehicle was waiting. The suspect entered the vehicle and fled the area. The suspect is described as a male subject in his 20’s, wearing a mask and hoodie over his head. Investigation continuing. 

Grand Theft Auto / Stolen Vehicle Recovered
November 15 at 7:13 a.m., a resident in the 400 block of E. Maple walked outside his home and discovered his work vehicle had been stolen sometime during the night. An officer responded to investigate. After the vehicle was entered into the law enforcement stolen vehicle system, it was located shortly after abandoned in El Monte. The vehicle was returned to the registered owner. This investigation is continuing. 

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
November 16 at 8:57 a.m., officers responded to the 1600 block of S. Mountain regarding a report of drunk driver. Officers checked the area and located a vehicle matching the description driving through a parking lot. They contacted the driver, who displayed signs and symptoms of being under the influence. A DUI investigation was conducted and the driver was arrested and held for a sobering period. He was later released on a citation to appear in court on the charges. 

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
November 16 at 3:19 p.m., officers were on patrol near the intersection of Shamrock and Huntington when they observed a vehicle commit a traffic violation. A traffic stop was conducted and an investigation revealed one of the occupants had a warrant for his arrest regarding an assault case within the city. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Trespassing / Wanted Person – Suspect Arrested
November 16 at 4:02 p.m., officers responded to the 500 block of E. Greystone regarding a suspect causing a disturbance at his grandparent’s home. Officers located the suspect, who was advised of a no-trespassing order that had been filed against him for that location. The suspect was also wanted for another case. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Battery / Resisting Arrest – Suspect Arrested
November 16 at 5:34 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 300 block of E. Palm regarding a family disturbance. The suspect punched his sister in the face and fled the scene. Officers arrived and located the suspect nearby, but he fled on foot. After a short chase, the suspect was apprehended and taken into custody. He was arrested for battery and resisting arrest. 

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
November 17 at 8:27 a.m., security at a hardware store in the 1600 block of S. Mountain saw a subject opening packages and concealing items on his person. Security tried to stop the subject, but he fled on foot. Officers responded and were told the subject was hiding in the bushes near the Metro tracks. Officers located the subject and arrested him for shoplifting. 

Grand Theft Auto – Suspect Arrested
November 17 at 10:33 a.m., a victim of grand theft auto was driving through the 400 block of W. Duarte and saw his vehicle. The victim called the police and watched the suspect walk away from the vehicle. Officers arrived and detained the suspect. He was arrested for driving a stolen vehicle. 

Injury Hit and Run Traffic Collision
November 18 at 12:53 a.m., a hit and run traffic collision was reported near the intersection of Huntington and Monterey. One of the vehicles failed to yield to oncoming traffic and fled the scene after the collision occurred. Officers arrived and checked the area, but the vehicle was not located. The driver of the vehicle that remained at the scene complained of pain and was treated by paramedics. This investigation is continuing. 

Grand Theft Auto (Travel Trailer)
November 18 at 8:39 a.m., a travel trailer was reported stolen from the 200 block of Kruse. The victim returned to work and discovered his travel trailer her keeps parked in front of his business was missing. Officers arrived and conducted an investigation. Video surveillance revealed that a white SUV pulled up to the trailer at 3:20 a.m. that morning and hooked up to it, then fled the scene with the trailer in tow. This investigation is continuing. 

Lunch at Mikomi Sushi

Lunch at Mikomi Sushi, on the east side of Myrtle about a half block south of Lime. Got the Combination Bento A, with spicy chicken for $10.95, and added an egg for $1.50. And a small beer for $4.95. Very nice. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Churro Loves People - Other Dogs and Cats? ... Not So Much


Three-year-old Churro loves people as much as people love churros! This handsome dog isn’t a huge fan of cats or other dogs, so he would prefer to be the only pet in the home, but has so much love to give to humans and will make a great only child. While some dogs like treats more than anything, Churro wants back scratches and cuddles, so if you’re ready for some snuggle time, Churro can fill that role. He’s also very playful and loves to run, so if you’re looking to mix in some running time with your new best friend, he can do that too! Churro checks all the boxes, all he needs is you!

The adoption fee for dogs is $140. All dog adoptions include spay or neuter, microchip, and age-appropriate vaccines.

New adopters will receive a complimentary health-and-wellness exam from VCA Animal Hospitals, as well as a goody bag filled with information about how to care for your pet.

View photos of adoptable pets and schedule a virtual adoption appointment at pasadenahumane.org. Adoptions are by appointment only, and new adoption appointments are available every Monday at 10:00 a.m. for the following week.

Pets may not be available for adoption and cannot be held for potential adopters by phone calls or email.

- Brad Haugaard

Elks Children's Contest On Americanism

 The Duarte Elks Lodge, which serves Monrovia, is having an essay contest for students in grades 5-6 and 7-8 on "How Can Patriotism Be Demonstrated."


Entry form: Here

- Brad Haugaard

A Tour of Newly Reopened Wilderness Preserve

I took a bike ride today in the Wilderness Preserve, newly reopened today after the Bobcat Fire.

There are stretches of the trail that look very different, having been sculpted by a tractor, and other parts that are unchanged or barely changed.

The biggest changes are along the single-track section at the top of Clamshell Road. Here the vegetation has been scraped to create a fire break and the reconstituted trail looks rather different than it did before. Towards the bottom ends of the trail - near Ridgeside and Cloverleaf - there is very little change.

If you are riding a bike be aware that - as might be expected - there is a lot of loose soil that can hamper traction.

Here are my observations, starting from Ridgeside.

There is very little change on Clamshell Road until you get to the the high point, which is here. At this point the single-track section begins. Notice the potholes. I'd guess these are designed to prevent erosion when it rains, and perhaps to root out some of the non-native plants that had taken hold here.

Looking west toward the lookout point. Notice again the potholes, and of course the area used to be just a person-wide track through brush. No longer.

The post is the turn-off point to the switchbacks. Notice the fire burned right up to the fire break here.

At the top of the switchbacks, you can see the fire reached the trail.

A long downward view of the switchbacks. Previously you could not see most of the trail because of the brush; now it is visible all the way to the bottom.

And this is the same view looking up the switchbacks.

From here west the road has been scraped, with lots of loose soil on steep grades. When the road turns south, it is about the same as it was before the fire, with the exception of some brush clearance.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Dentist Who Repairs Ancient Audio Recordings

The Los Angeles Times has published an article featuring Monrovian Michael Khanchalian, a dentist who has used his dental skills to repair old wax cylinders, which contain some of the earliest audio recordings. https://shrtm.nu/WUeY

- Brad Haugaard 

School Board to Consider Clean-Up of Bobcat Smoke; Hiring Tech Companies; Adopting Textbooks; Etc.

At its next meeting (agenda: https://is.gd/t705lY) the Monrovia Board of Education will consider ...

~ Adopting a resolution authorizing emergency repairs (due to smoke damage from the Bobcat fire) without going through the standard bidding procedure (https://is.gd/3lpzuF) and hiring Belfor Property Restoration to do the clean-up 13 school district sites: https://is.gd/aHvuCA

~ Hiring Forecast 5 Analytics, Inc. for $81,600 to provide the data analytic licenses for Educational Services and Human Resources, from Nov. 19 through June 30, 2023. "We help schools use data analytics to create annual budgets, model different scenarios and make strategic decisions to optimize student outcomes." https://is.gd/q6ozAO

~ Adopting textbooks ...

K-5:

Social Studies Alive, by TCI for History-Social Science, $231,931.51

Discovery Science, by Discovery Education for Science, $462,632.64

Grades 6-8:

Amplify Science, by Amplify for Science, $246,725.39

The Living Earth, by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for Biology, $47,646.30

Chemistry in the Earth, by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for Chemistry, $52,076.00

Physics in the Universe, by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for Physics, $16,400.18

[Comment: It never ceases to astonish me how insanely expensive textbooks are, and - unless they've changed recently - how they can make the most interesting subjects brain-numbingly boring.]

~ Do a deal with the non-profit Amigos de los Rios "to implement the Monrovia Urban and Community Forestry Project funded by California Climate Investment Grant from California Department of Forest and Fire Protection at Plymouth Elementary School, Santa Fe Computer Magnet School and Monrovia High School." https://is.gd/ynKPjc

~  Hiring AMS.net for $32,200 to perform (I think; it's kinda vague) a security check and upgrades to the district's computer network. https://is.gd/BykgVe

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Fellowship Church Plans Drive-Through Advent, Toy Collection

Monrovia's Fellowship Church is putting on a "Tis the Season" drive-thru event on Nov. 22 from 2-4 p.m. at Santa Anita Race Track (Gate 5) to worship, take communion, drop off a donation for a toy drive to benefit the children at the Monrovia Boys & Girls Club, and pick up an advent box with activities, devotionals, and ideas for celebrating Advent. https://is.gd/LslFkw

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Water Has Low Levels of PFAS; Traffic Flow at Train Crossings to be Improved; City to Join Restaurant Dining Area to Street Fair; Prayer Breakfast; Etc.

In his latest report (https://goo.gl/aOqX7O) City Manager Dylan Feik reports: 

~ The city says Monrovia's water is safe, but it does contain low levels of polyfluoralky substances, PFAS, chemicals used in manufacturing since the 1940s. Samples were taken at each of the city's five water wells and three were found to contain the chemicals at levels high enough to be noted, but not high enough to require extra treatment. However, the city is considering water treatment and other steps to maintain compliance with drinking water standards. For questions contact Public Works Department at 932-5575.

~ Traffic delays at train crossings have been a problem. This will hopefully be improved in the next few weeks by more advanced traffic signal programming which should improve traffic flow and congestion at these 3 intersections. Questions? email  PWcomments@ci.monrovia.ca.us

~ There's a gap between the Friday Monrovia Street Fair and Market and the section of Myrtle that is closed on weekends for expanded restaurant dining. So, the city will shift the street fair north a bit to join the two, which "creates a continuity between the two programs and may generate more foot traffic for all businesses in Old Town." The relocation will go into effect on November 20, 2020.

~ The Monrovia Chamber of Commerce will hold its 55th Annual Community Prayer Breakfast on Nov. 20, at 8 a.m. This year's event will be virtual and there is no cost to attend. Details: https://is.gd/1itbKK

~ Through its online Fall Reading Program in October, with the theme "Read to Give," the library was able to donate 100 brand new books to the Foothill Unity Center for families in need. 

- Brad Haugaard

Wilderness Preserve Opens Monday

City Manager Dylan Feik reports that, “While Canyon Park will be closed for some time, we are happy to report that Monrovia’s 4.5 miles of trails in the Hillside Wilderness Preserve are now safe and accessible to the community.

“Beginning this Monday, Nov. 16, the access points to the Preserve will be open to the public daily From 6 a.m to 9 p.m.  To learn more, please call 626-256-8246.”

- Brad Haugaard

Weekly Coronavirus Count: 43 More Cases, No More Deaths

Coronavirus cases from LA Department of Public Health as of 8 p.m., 11/11/2020. Changes since 11/04/2020.

City of Monrovia: 928 cases (up 43), 42 deaths (unchanged)
Unincorporated Monrovia: 91 cases (up 2), no deaths

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Attempted Murder Investigation; Multiple Shoplifting Arrests at Same Store; Shoplifter Wanted in Kentucky for Manslaughter

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for November 5-11. - Brad Haugaard]


During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 298 service events, resulting in 55 investigations. 

Theft
November 5 at 3:19 a.m., a resident in the 300 block of W. Lime called police to report the catalytic converter had been stolen off his Toyota Prius. The suspect vehicle, also a Prius, was seen fleeing the area by the victim. Officers searched the area, but were not able to locate the suspect vehicle. This investigation is continuing. 

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
November 5 at 4:32 p.m., an employee of a hardware store in the 1600 block of S. Mountain reported a male suspect just left the store with merchandise without paying for it. The suspect was detained outside the store by loss prevention and the property was returned. Officers responded and arrested the subject for shoplifting. 

Hit & Run Traffic Collision
November 5 at 6:49 p.m., a resident in the 2200 block of S. Peck called to report his parked vehicle had been struck by another vehicle. He heard the collision, ran outside, and saw a dark colored vehicle leaving the scene. This investigation is continuing. 

Hit & Run Traffic Collision
November 5 at 6:57 p.m., a caller reported that a driver had just rear-ended her vehicle at a slow speed near Huntington and Mountain. The driver quickly left the location without providing proper documentation. This investigation is continuing. 

Possession of a Controlled Substance / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
November 5 at 7:30 p.m., an officer was patrolling the 900 block of Norumbega when he observed a vehicle stopped in the middle of the roadway. He checked on the solo occupant of the vehicle, who said her vehicle was having mechanical issues. While talking with the driver, the officer saw a container of a controlled substance in plain view. Further investigation revealed drug paraphernalia also in the vehicle. The driver was arrested. 

Drunk in Public – Suspect Arrested
November 5 at 9:32 p.m., a resident in the 400 block of W. Walnut called to report a male subject had attempted to open her car door while she was inside it. Officers arrived and located the subject nearby. The subject was found to be too intoxicated to care for himself. He was arrested for public intoxication and held for a sobering period. 

Vandalism / Graffiti
November 6 at 12:44 p.m., the manager of a motel in the 700 block of W. Huntington reported that someone had spray painted graffiti on the side wall of their building. Officers arrived and conducted an investigation. This investigation is continuing. 

Attempt Murder
November 6 at 7:20 p.m., several calls were received by police dispatch reporting shots fired. One caller reported a male subject had been shot at Recreation Park, near Shamrock and Olive. Officers arrived and located a subject who sustained gunshot wounds. His injuries were non-life-threatening. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment. A crime scene was established and evidence was collected. The Detective Bureau was notified and they responded to take over the investigation. This investigation is ongoing. 

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
November 7 at 12:26 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the 800 block of W. Huntington when he observed a vehicle run a red light. The officer conducted a traffic stop and spoke with the driver. The driver displayed signs of being under the influence of alcohol. A DUI investigation was completed, and the driver was determined to be driving under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested and held for a sobering period. He was later released on a citation to appear in court on the charges. 

Shoplifting / Wanted Person – Suspect Arrested
November 7 at 8:04 a.m., an employee of a hardware store in the 1600 block of S. Mountain reported a customer had just left the store with merchandise and did not pay for it. The subject was detained by store security. Officers arrived and took custody of the subject and the property was returned to the store. Further investigation revealed the subject was wanted in the State of Kentucky for manslaughter. He was arrested and taken into custody. He was later transported to the Los Angeles County Jail, where he will await pickup by an officer from Kentucky. 

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
November 7 at 8:31 p.m., a male resident from the 1700 block of S. Mayflower called stating his live-in girlfriend had just assaulted him with a knife. Officers arrived and detained the female. The male sustained no visible injuries. After investigation, the female suspect was arrested for battery and taken into custody. 

Vandalism
November 7 at 8:43 p.m., a caller reported that two male subjects had just vandalized a truck in the 100 block of W. Cypress. Officers responded and searched the area, but the suspects were not located. Large rocks were thrown at the truck, causing damage. This investigation is continuing. 

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
November 8 at 12:32 a.m., an officer observed a vehicle driving in the 100 block of E. Evergreen without its headlights and swerving. A traffic stop was conducted, and the driver was found to be displaying symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol. A DUI investigation was conducted. The driver was arrested and held for a sobering period. He was later released on a citation to appear in court on the charges. 

Stolen Vehicle Recovered
November 8 at 8:15 a.m., a caller reported a parking problem near the intersection of Sunset and Foothill. An officer responded and ran a computer check on the vehicle, which revealed it had been reported stolen out of Anaheim. The vehicle was recovered and taken out of the stolen vehicle system. 

Injury Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
November 8 at 6:07 p.m., a vehicle was traveling east on Huntington and failed to yield the right of way to oncoming traffic. A vehicle traveling west on Huntington struck the vehicle. Officers arrived and identified the drivers of the vehicles. One of the drivers had a visible injury to her hand and a complaint of pain. The male driver of the eastbound vehicle displayed signs of being under the influence of alcohol. A DUI investigation was conducted, but he refused to take any of the standardized field sobriety tests. He was arrested and held for a sobering period. He was later released on citation to appear in court on the charges. 

Drunk in Public – Suspect Arrested
November 8 at 6:55 p.m., a male subject was reported near the intersection of Myrtle and Maple, lying on the sidewalk with his bike in the street. Officers arrived and after speaking to the subject, determined he was intoxicated and unable to care for himself. He was arrested for being drunk in public and held a sobering period. 

Theft From a Vehicle
November 9 at 11:19 a.m., a female subject in the 400 block of Patterson called to report a theft from her vehicle, which had been left unlocked. The victim’s laptop computer had been taken from the vehicle. This investigation is continuing. 

Theft From a Vehicle
November 9 at 11:26 a.m., a gardener was working at a residence in the 400 block of W. Olive. He left his vehicle parked in front of the location while he worked on a tree in the backyard. When the gardener returned to his vehicle, he discovered his equipment was missing from the back of the truck. Officers responded and conducted an investigation. No suspect was seen in the area. This investigation is continuing. 

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
November 9 at 8:14 p.m., officers were on patrol in the 900 block of S. Fifth when they saw a subject riding a bike commit a vehicle code violation. The bicyclist was stopped and consented to a search. He was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. The subject was arrested. 

Shoplifting Thefts – Suspects Arrested
November 10, police responded four times throughout the day to a hardware store in the 1600 block of S. Mountain on separate reports of shoplifting thefts. The suspects were arrested in each case and released on a citations to appear in court on the charges. The suspect in one of the incidents was held in custody, as he also had a bench warrant for his arrest. 

Grand Theft Auto
November 10 at 9:18 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 800 block of Encino Place. The victim parked his work truck in front of his residence, left the engine running and went inside to eat. When he returned, the vehicle was gone. The male suspect arrived in a silver Nissan Altima. The investigation is continuing. 

Shoplifting Theft / Trespassing – Suspect Arrested
November 10 at 1:38 p.m., police responded to a business in the 200 block of W. Foothill regarding a reported theft at the location. The suspect stole items from the location and was detained by store loss prevention. The suspect had stolen from the location previously and had been advised he was not allowed at the location. He was arrested for theft and trespassing. 

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
November 11 at 7:30 p.m., an officer was on patrol in the 700 block of W. Walnut when he observed a traffic violation and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. A computer check revealed the driver had two outstanding traffic warrants for his arrest. The driver was arrested for the warrants and released on a citation to appear in court on the charges. 

Shoplifting / Grand Theft – Suspect Arrested
November 11 at 7:41 p.m., officers were dispatched to a hardware store in the 1600 block of S. Mountain regarding a grand theft shoplifting incident. A male subject walked into the business and selected several expensive items, putting them into a cart. He then went to the return desk with the items he just selected without paying for them and attempted to return the items for cash. Officers responded and detained the suspect. After investigation, he was arrested and released on a citation to appear in court on the charges.

Lunch at Jake’s Roadhouse

Lunch at Jake’s Roadhouse, on the east side of Myrtle just north of Olive. Kinda cool out so I got the chili  for $9.95 and a soda for $3.05. Very nice chili; real chunks of meat. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Happy Veterans Day, Monrovia!


Thanks so much, veterans! If you served in the military, add a comment about your branch, unit, and years.

- Brad Haugaard 

Chalksgiving Art Contest


Monrovia Association of Fine Arts (MAFA) reports that its summer Chalkdemic was so popular that partnering with the City of Monrovia to celebrating Thanksgiving with another virtual chalkfest on home driveways and sidewalks.

The suggested theme is "What We're Thankful For" but any artwork that's family friendly is welcome.

There will be prizes for the top three chalk artworks in these three categories:

  • Monrovia resident adults and families
  • Monrovia resident children under 12 (with signed consent of parent or guardian)
  • Professional artists anywhere

Thanks to sponsorships by Air-Tro Heating & Air Conditioning and the Arcadia Association of Realtors, each family group or individual artist will receive a free, personalized Chalksgiving kit containing a 30-piece box of sidewalk chalk along with custom coloring sheets featuring scenes of Monrovia and stickers and pencils for kids.

The sponsors are also providing $50 gift certificates to local Monrovia restaurants as the prizes in each category.

To register for free, go to www.monroviafinearts.org and click on the Chalksgiving graphic on the home page.

The Monday after you register your customized chalk kit will be waiting for pickup at Century 21 Adams & Barnes, 433 W. Foothill Blvd, Monrovia, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Ask at the front desk for your chalk kit using the name you registered under. 

For prize consideration, photos of your artwork must be submitted to christine@monroviafinearts.org no later than 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 29.

The MAFA Board of Directors will judge the entries and announce the winners within 10 days of the photo deadline.

For questions email christine@monroviafinearts.org or call 483-0560.

- Brad Haugaard

Tips on Catalytic Converter Thefts

Like Monrovia, Arcadia has been seeing more thefts of catalytic converters. Here is some information and advice from the Arcadia Police Department:

Catalytic converters are usually stolen because of the value of the metals inside of these emission control devices. Thieves often use a portable saw or angle grinder to cut the catalytic converter from the exhaust system, underneath vehicles, in just a matter of minutes. Once removed, the thieves recycle them at scrap yards getting the current value for the metals inside.

We would like to offer the following tips to help prevent the theft of your catalytic converter:
  • If possible/available, park in a secured parking lot/garage
  • Park in a well-lit and visible area
  • Park near, or install surveillance cameras in the area where you park
  • Set car alarms to more sensitive settings
There are a number of security devices for sale on the internet, as well as suggestions on how to secure your catalytic converter to your vehicle. Another suggestion is to engrave your license plate number or vehicle identification number (VIN) onto your catalytic converter for identification if it is stolen.

Source: Arcadia Police press release

- Brad Haugaard

Iris - An Affectionate Love Bug in Training


Seven-year-old Iris was a little shy when she came to us, but this sweetie has made huge strides in coming out of her shell! In such a short time, she went from avoiding people to actively meowing at them to join her in the communal cat room and then trying to follow them out! She’ll also approach our staff and volunteers and stick her nose up so they can scratch it. Iris would do best with a patient person who can give her time to get to know them and adjust to her new home, but she’s already shown that she’s an affectionate love bug in training.

The adoption fee for cats is $90. All cat adoptions include spay or neuter, microchip, and age-appropriate vaccines.

New adopters will receive a complimentary health-and-wellness exam from VCA Animal Hospitals, as well as a goody bag filled with information about how to care for your pet.

View photos of adoptable pets and schedule a virtual adoption appointment at pasadenahumane.org. Adoptions are by appointment only, and new adoption appointments are available every Monday at 10:00 a.m. for the following week.

Pets may not be available for adoption and cannot be held for potential adopters by phone calls or email.

- Brad Haugaardd

Monrovia Police Ask for Information About Attempted Murder on Shamrock

Monrovia Police Department is asking that anybody with information about the following shooting please contact Detective Garcia at 256-8045 or Lieutenant Covarrubias at 256-8031.

"Monrovia Police Department Detectives are conducting an attempt murder investigation following a shooting on Friday, Nov. 6, at approximately 7:20 p.m. Officers responded to the 600 block of S. Shamrock about a shots heard call in the area. One male adult sustained two non-life threatening gunshot wounds. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Evidence of the shooting was recovered at the scene. The motive for the shooting remains unclear.

"No additional information is available for release now."

Source: Monrovia Police press release

- Brad Haugaard

Joanne Montgomery Retires After 22 Years on Citrus College Board

 Citrus Community College District Trustee Joanne Montgomery is retiring from the college's governing board after serving for 22 years.

Montgomery, who represents Monrovia, Bradbury and portions of Duarte, was first appointed to fill a vacancy in 1998. She was later elected in 1999 and then reelected in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015.

She began her career as an educator and worked as an elementary school teacher for the Monrovia Unified School District for 32 years. She was also a master teacher for several universities and served on numerous school committees.

"During her more than 20 years of service to Citrus College and the communities it serves, Trustee Montgomery has contributed greatly to the college's growth and progress. Her leadership has been instrumental in establishing Citrus College as a national leader in higher education," said Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, superintendent/president of Citrus College. "On behalf of the college community, I congratulate Trustee Montgomery on her retirement and thank her for the decades of guidance and vision she has provided. Her presence at the college will be dearly missed."

Throughout her career, Montgomery received awards as an educator and community leader. Some of her honors include a Teacher of the Year award; being appointed by the California governor to serve on the board of directors for the 48th District Agricultural Association, where she served for more than 16 years; being selected as the 2003 recipient of the Dick Lord Award from the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce; being named the 2015 Woman of the Year for Monrovia for California's 48th State Assembly district; and the Outstanding Educator Award from the Monrovia Duarte Black Alumni Association. Most recently, in May 2019, Trustee Montgomery received a Fulfilling the Trust award from the Community College League of California.

Montgomery had a reputation for understanding how big-picture decision-making affected instructors and students. She was a passionate advocate for AB 288, which allowed high school students to take college-credit courses while still in high school, and she tirelessly promoted Citrus College.

"This is a bittersweet moment for me. I have been honored and privileged to serve Citrus College for over two decades, but now is the time for me to move on to a new chapter in my life. I would like to thank the students, faculty, staff and constituents of the district for allowing me the opportunity to serve," she said. "I'm looking forward to spending more time with my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren."

"It has been an honor to serve beside Joanne Montgomery on Citrus College's governing board, and I extend my most heartfelt congratulations on her retirement," said Dr. Patricia A. Rasmussen, president of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees. "Mrs. Montgomery's commitment and thoughtful decision-making will leave a positive impact on Citrus College for years to come. We wish her a most enjoyable and rewarding retirement."

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Mugs Available; Sandbags, Too; Helicopter at MHS for Filming; Chalksgiving; Monrovia House on TV Show


In his latest report (https://goo.gl/aOqX7O) City Manager Dylan Feik reports: 

~ The city has Monrovia mugs for sale - $15 plus tax. If interested email cityhall@ci.monrovia.ca.us or call 932-5550. 

~ Rain is forecast so Monrovia is making gravel bags available to residents at Recreation Park in the parking lot off of East Olive, near the skate park and Barney Glen Baseball Field. Bring your own shovels, gloves and eye protection. For questions contact Public Works at 932-5575 or pwcomments@ci.monrovia.ca.us.

~  Filming has been taking place at Monrovia High for an Apple TV series, The Afterparty.  Today there will be a scene with a helicopter landing and taking off from the football field. It will be in the area at 1 p.m. for the initial landing, then from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. for a night time flyover.

~ The Monrovia Association of Fine Arts is sponsoring ChalksGiving from Nov. 26 to Nov. 29. Amateurs, families, students and professionals are encouraged to spread art all over from the driveway or sidewalk of your home and compete for prizes. The theme is "What We're Thankful For," but artists can choose any family friendly theme. Details: https://is.gd/TwNVxc

~ A 1927 Monrovia Storybook Cottage was featured on the television show, Restored, which focuses on homes with unrealized potential hidden beneath neglect, bad renovations and ugly additions. This house will be reviewed by the Historic Preservation Commission for landmark designation. https://is.gd/TFASDP

- Brad Haugaard

Weekly Monrovia Coronavirus Count: 37 New Cases - 885 Total

Coronavirus cases from LA Department of Public Health as of 8 p.m., 11/04/2020. Changes since 10/28/2020.

City of Monrovia: 885 cases (up 37), 42 deaths (unchanged)
Unincorporated Monrovia: 89 cases (unchanged), no deaths

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Cell Phone Tracks Stolen Vehicle; Drunken Collision - Car Rolls; Assault With Baseball Bat; Bus Passenger Upset at Driver Violating Driving Laws; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for October 29 – November 4. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 335 service events, resulting in 72 investigations. 

Battery
October 29 at 5:18 a.m., a battery incident was reported at a gas station in the 1500 block of S. Myrtle. A male subject was standing near the air pumps at the station, when two subjects confronted him for an unknown reason. A physical fight ensued and the subject received minor injuries to his face. Officers arrived, but the suspects had already fled in a vehicle. Paramedics responded and treated the subject at the scene. This investigation is continuing. 

Stolen Vehicle Recovered
October 29 at 12:52 p.m., a resident in the 1200 block of Monterey called police to report her mother’s vehicle was stolen earlier in the day from West Covina. Her cell phone was in the vehicle and it was tracking to the area of Monterey and Montana. Officers responded and located the vehicle. The vehicle was then recovered by the registered owner. 

Grand Theft Auto
October 30 at 7:03 a.m., a resident in the 300 block of N. Myrtle called to report her vehicle was stolen from her driveway the night before. Officers arrived and conducted an investigation. The victim does not know who took the vehicle and she accounted for all of the keys. The vehicle was entered into the law enforcement stolen vehicle system. This investigation is continuing. 

Commercial Burglary
October 30 at 8:20 a.m., an employee of a business in the 900 block of W. Duarte called to report a break-in. Officers arrived and saw that weather stripping had been pried off the front door and a window had been removed. It appears the suspect stole money and electronics. Surveillance footage is being analyzed and this investigation is continuing. 

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
October 30 at 1:01 p.m., a shoplifting incident was reported at a hardware store in the 1600 block of S. Mountain. A male suspect entered the store and selected several items. He paid for some of the items at the checkout counter, but did not pay for the flooring in the cart. As he passed the manned registers and exited the building, he was stopped, detained, and arrested when officers arrived. He was issued a citation to appear in court on the charges. 

Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
October 30 at 2:56 p.m., officers responded to a traffic collision at the intersection of Royal Oaks and Mountain. Two vehicles collided in the intersection and one of the vehicles rolled over, but no injuries were reported. The driver that rolled his vehicle was displaying symptoms of being under the influence. Field sobriety tests were performed, and the driver was determined to have been driving under the influence. He was arrested, held for a sobering period, and later released on citation to appear in court on the charges. 

Drunk in Public / Vandalism – Suspect Arrested
October 31 at 9:57 p.m., officers responded to the report of an intoxicated subject causing a disturbance inside a fast food establishment in the 400 block of W. Huntington. The subject was located and detained outside of the business. Employees reported the subject had demanded free food, and then vandalized the interior of the restaurant, causing damage. The subject was arrested. 

Overdose / Medical Assist
October 31 at 10:05 p.m., officers were dispatched to the report of a female subject that overdosed at a residence in the 700 block of W. Lemon. When the officers arrived, the female was not breathing and was experiencing signs of an opiate overdose. Officers administered Narcan and paramedics arrived and took over efforts. The female regained consciousness and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Burglary / Assault with a Deadly Weapon
November 1 at 2:50 a.m., a resident in the 900 block of Sierra Blanca reported his utility room was just burglarized and the suspect fled the scene. The resident chased after the suspect and confronted him in a neighbor's yard. The suspect pulled a board from the neighbor's fence and swung it at the resident, just missing his head. Officers arrived, but the suspect had fled the area. Arcadia Police Department had a similar incident with the same subject earlier that morning. This investigation is continuing. 

Theft
November 1 at 11:26 a.m., a resident in the 1200 block of S. Mayflower called police to report a theft. The catalytic converter on her vehicle had been stolen a couple days prior. This investigation is continuing. 

Injury Traffic Collision / Suicide Attempt
November 1 at 3:22 p.m., officers responded to the intersection of Mayflower and Huntington regarding an injury traffic collision. A vehicle traveling west on Huntington ran the red light and struck a vehicle traveling north on Mayflower. The vehicle that ran the red light had a single male occupant. When officers approached the vehicle, he refused to come out and held a knife to his neck. Officers tried to talk him into putting the knife down, but he refused and started to cut his own neck with the knife. He was detained by officers, and they were able to remove the knife from his hands. He was then treated by paramedics and transported to a local hospital for further treatment. At the hospital he was placed on a mental evaluation hold. 

Theft
November 1 at 11:00 p.m., a theft was reported in the 500 block of Sombrero. The victim reported the tailgate from her truck was stolen sometime during the night while it was parked. This investigation is continuing. 

Grand Theft Auto / Stolen Vehicle Recovered – Suspect Arrested
November 2 at 1:10 a.m., an officer was on patrol near the intersection of California and Maple when he saw a utility van with a broken tail light. He initiated a traffic stop for the vehicle code violation, and a computer check of the vehicle revealed it had been reported stolen out of Norwalk. The driver admitted to knowing the vehicle was stolen, and she was arrested. 

Vandalism / Graffiti
November 2 at 6:47 a.m., an employee of a concrete business in the 1800 block of S. California reported finding fresh graffiti on the walls and windows of the business. The graffiti occurred sometime over the weekend. Officers responded and conducted an investigation, which is continuing. 

Shoplifting
November 2 at 10:54 a.m., an employee of a business in the 900 block of W. Foothill called police to report a male subject ran out of the store with merchandise without paying. The subject drove away in a black Nissan. Officers responded and searched the area for the suspect, but did not locate him. This investigation is continuing. 

Grand Theft Auto
November 2 at 12:54 p.m., a customer at a business in the 3300 block of S. Peck reported her vehicle stolen. While she was shopping inside the business, someone stole her 1992 Honda Civic. Officers searched the area in an attempt to locate the vehicle, but were not successful. The vehicle was entered into the law enforcement stolen vehicle system. This investigation is continuing. 

Assault with a Deadly Weapon
November 2 at 6:00 p.m., a male subject entered a business in the 1800 block of S. Myrtle and got into an argument with an employee. The subject had a baseball bat in his possession that he swung at the victim during the argument. The victim was not injured, and the suspect fled the area before officers arrived. This investigation is continuing. 

Suspended License / Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
November 2 at 8:05 p.m., an officer on patrol near the intersection of Shamrock and Foothill saw a vehicle commit a vehicle code violation and conducted a traffic stop. The driver was found to have a suspended license. Further investigation revealed the passenger of the vehicle was on parole and was in possession of a controlled substance. The passenger was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and the driver was cited for driving with a suspended license. 

Residential Burglary
November 3 at 6:21 a.m., a resident in the 800 block of W. Walnut reported her husband had just discovered their attached garage, which was locked, had been burglarized sometime during the night. Several power tools were stolen. Officers responded to collect evidence. This investigation is continuing. 

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
November 3 at 7:08 a.m., an employee at a business in the 700 block of W. Huntington called police to report a male subject that concealed merchandise in his backpack. Officers arrived just as the suspect walked out of the store without paying for the stolen merchandise. He was detained and, after investigation, he was arrested for shoplifting. 

Request for Assistance
November 3 at 2:04 p.m., a mental health worker was attempting to provide assistance to a male subject suffering a mental health emergency in the 600 block of S. Shamrock. She reported that he was pulling tree branches, was pacing and yelling at people. She advised she could not control him by herself and requested help. Officers responded, and through de-escalation communication, were able to calm the subject. He began complying with the therapist after officers spoke with him. 

Attempt Suicide
November 3 at 2:50 p.m., a resident in the 200 block of Monroe called police because a family member had threatened to kill herself and was holding onto a sharp kitchen knife. While officers were responding, she dropped the knife and locked herself in the bathroom, where she had access to pill medications. Officers arrived, and by using calm deescalation communication, they were able to convince the subject to open the bathroom door. She was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. 

Disturbing Subject
November 3 at 5:01 p.m., a Foothill Transit bus stopped in the 400 block of W. Huntington and called police to report a female subject on their bus causing a disturbance. She was throwing things and yelling at people on the bus. She claimed she had a knife. When officers arrived, the female subject exited the bus when asked, and once she was off the bus, the bus left the area. Further investigation revealed she was not in possession of a knife. She said she was upset because the driver was violating driving laws and it scared her. Officers spoke with the subject for quite a while and were able to de-escalate and calm her to a point where she was allowed on the next bus to continue to her destination. 

Stolen Vehicle Recovered
November 4 at 9:29 a.m., a business in the 200 block of S. Madison called police to report a stolen vehicle at their lot. A vehicle they purchased in early October had come back as stolen when they processed it. The vehicle was reported stolen just after they took possession from the tow yard. The registered owner could not be reached. The vehicle was recovered and stored.